During such challenging times for the Church we need a clear and direct message of hope. Justin Fatica's orthodox message of Christ's love is delivered in a new and convincing way. Our Lord’s marching orders to the Apostles was, “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” Win it All: The Way to Heaven for Catholic Teens gives us hope. It shows the way for young people to become disciples of Christ, and committed members of His Church."
-His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Achdiocese of Boston
"Faith, hope, and love are the virtues that help us to live in a close relationship with God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Faith in God, hope for heaven, love for all: these are what animate Justin Fatica. With deep passion, Justin shares this faith, hope, and love with young people, teaching and inspiring them to have a living relationship with the Holy Trinity. The new evangelization requires new evangelizers. Justin Fatica is indeed a new evangelizer, helping others to encounter Christ and the liberating truth of His Gospel."
-Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
"Justin Fatica is a faith-filled disciple of the Lord who has helped many young people to reclaim their faith. His sincerity and personal witness have energized many to deepen their love of God and live their discipleship."
-Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, STD
SSL Bishop of Erie
"There has been a very positive response from The Hard as Nails Ministry experience. Our students who heard Justin speak has been a clear indication he did indeed reach so many of them and made a huge difference in their lives. Although the retreat was held months ago, students will talk about their experience in glowing terms. Many students said it was one of -the most profound experiences of their life."
Father Scott Jabo
Headmaster of Cathedral Preparatory School for boys, Erie, PA
"I believe that Justin can have impact not only in the sports arena, but with other people. Justin does not operate in fear, which is a challenge for many leaders."
New York Giants Wide Receiver
2005 Pro Bowl Selection
"Having had the opportunity to attend some of the Hard as Nails workshops, I was impressed with their ability to connect with the young people that attended. Through story telling and the sharing of life experiences, Justin was able to engage all those that were present and to share the Good News that we are to be like Jesus everyday in every way. One youth coordinator came to me after attending Justin's workshop to let me know how great it was and how his youth were touched and challenged to be disciples of Christ. Justin's ministry, Hard As Nails, is an effective opportunity to embrace some of the components of youth ministry, specifically community life, evangelization, and pastoral care. Having shared a meal with Justin, as he told his story, I could tell that his heart for ministry and young people was passionately genuine. Justin Fatica is an effective speaker who would have a lasting impact on any Diocese or Parish that invites him in."
-John M. Rinaldo
Director of Youth Ministry
Diocese of San Jose
This letter comes to tell you of an opportunity that might interest you and your parish youth ministers and other parishioners. Justin Fatica has visited Family Theater Productions in Hollywood as a celebrity guest for our latest film production, Rosary Stars, Praying the Gospel. He is a Catholic lay evangelist who has reached more than 60,000 young people in the last year alone. He and his Hard as Nails Ministry were featured in an HBO documentary this past year. He has also appeared on ABC Nightline and Good Morning America.
Justin and his team are able to provide dynamic presentations for large groups of young people along with retreats and assistance in reviving youth ministry at parishes and high schools. I recommend him and his ministry for your consideration. He has the endorsement of local bishops and priests in the Diocese of Syracuse, New York. He is married and has two children.
Fraternally in Holy Cross,
-Fr. Willy Raymond, CSC
Family Theater Productions
Hollywood, CA 90046
In the Catholic Church today we need more people like Justin. Not as intense as Justin, not as in-your-face as Justin but if everyone was on fire like Justin our Church would be better off. I think we need more ministries like Justin’s and more people getting others excited about the Gospel.
-Father Larry Richards
Pastor of St. Joseph’s Bread of Life Church
National Evangelist/Speaker - Founder of the Reason for Our Hope Foundation, Erie, PA
Justin’s relentless passion is infectious! As a fellow speaker and educator to teenagers and adults, it is outstanding to watch him doing his work in our industry. I consult, speak to and coach professionals and executives every day in my business in the Fortune 500 arena and I see it too often—people are so unwilling to face the truth, to confront the “brutal facts” of their teams and their corporate cultures. It is refreshing to see a guy like Justin share the truth about the challenges people (the youth and their parents) face today.
One thing that people must recognize about Justin’s message is that it’s NOT all about being Christian, Catholic or a “religious” person per se—he takes a stand for young people and parents from all walks of life and backgrounds. The reason people gravitate to his message and style is because he tells the truth in a ruthless way; thus his ministry Hard As Nails! He has been a personal inspiration to me, especially after seeing him uncover the REALITIES of teenagers and parents. Not accepting mediocrity and stereotypes is something all people must stand for and my wish for Justin is that his message is heard by all people, regardless of their religious stance. He represents the “next generation” of speakers and mentors that can relate with both teens and adults alike. I am proud to call a Justin, not just a contemporary, but more importantly, a friend.
Keep doing your thing, Justin, and let your passion and love of people’s BEST guide you. Thanks for sharing yourself with the world!
-Michael J Lindstrom, J.D.
Corporate Consultant, Executive Coach and Founder of One Question, LLC
“Justin Fatica is a passionate leader impacting the lives of at risk youth. His Catholic oriented outreach is extraordinarily important for today.”
-Dr. Mac Pier, President, The NYC Leadership Center
“Justin’s passion for life is something that we all could use a dose of. This is a must read for young people! Justin’s message to touch and empower young people is right on the mark. His passion is honest and impactful, and it’s a message that we all can use!”
-Dan Lier, Success Consultant & Author – The 10 Minute Coach
Las Vegas, NV
“I have seen many of the top speakers in the US. When it comes to putting on an exciting program that fires kids up and gets them emotionally connected with their faith and their God, Justin Fatica is as good as ANYBODY. He never fails to find a way to soften their hearts to the love of Jesus Christ.”
-Bob Halligan Jr.
Lead Singer/Producer Ceili Rain
“The director of Hard as Nails Ministries, Justin Fatica, was a very bright student at Seton Hall. He excelled academically, though with his great interpersonal gifts Justin shines like few others I have ever met.”
-Monsignor Robert Sheeran
President of Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
“Justin served as basketball coach at the FCA summer sports camps at Kutztown University. Justin has a gift for connecting with youth and, through the grace of God, impacting their lives on and off the field. When Justin called me to speak at his banquet I told him that I would get on a helicopter if I had to and be there to support the mission he is on.”
Former NFL Football Player
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Speaker
“Hard as Nails is not your average ministry team. They use a unique, in your face, straight-up Jesus approach that is both challenging and refreshing. In a society where many churches and Christians are happy living normal, mediocre lives, Hard as Nails is a cut from a different mold.”
-Rev. Casey Higgins, Youth Pastor at Assembly of God Church
“I fully recommend Justin Fatica as a passionate evangelist of Catholic youth, capable not only of effectively proclaiming the message to our youth, but of building up the adults and the communities that desire to pass the faith on to this next generation.”
Youth Ministry Coordinator- Diocese of Burlington, VT
“As a Headmaster of a nondenominational Christian school, your ministry to my students during their spiritual focus week was one of the best demonstrations of God’s holiness and mercy to students that I have ever witnessed in 30 years of Christian service. Yes you were direct but you conveyed a message with a love so compelling and a level of authenticity that adolescents could relate too. You hugged them, cried with them, spoke truth and God did an amazing work in the life of this school.”
-Rick Burslam, Headmaster of Hebron Acatomy
“Hard as Nails will blow you away. Hard as Nails is making a difference in the church in so many ways. It is youth ministry like you have never seen before. I recommend them for any church program.”
-Rev. Bryan Page
Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
“The most moving speaker I have ever listened to.”
CEO of Why International
“God is doing great things through Justin Fatica. Justin and Hard as Nails Ministries for the past three years have been the spiritual dynamic for our retreat program at Bishop Ludden Jr/Sr High School. Justin’s honesty about his own life experiences and relationship with Jesus Christ connects with the students, and encourages them to come forward and give witness to a presence of Christ in their lives that they had not known or had misplaced.”
Director of Campus Ministry at Bishop Ludden Jr/Sr High School